This just in … Reclamation, Water Users Reach Agreement to Provide Water to Friant Division

From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation and water users in California’s Central Valley have forged an agreement that will bring some much-needed Central Valley Project water supplies to farmers in the CVP’s Friant Division this summer. “Thanks to unprecedented collaboration between districts on both the west and east sides of the San Joaquin Valley, about 60,000 acre-feet […]

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Bureau of Reclamation Outlines Water Year 2015 Central Valley Project Water Supply Conditions

From the Bureau of Reclamation: In preparation for the initial 2015 water supply allocation announcement in late February, the Bureau of Reclamation provided an update today on water supply conditions for the federal Central Valley Project (CVP). The water year in California runs from October 1 to September 30; the contract year for most CVP contractors runs from March 1 […]

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Federal, State Agencies Plan Drought Operations for 2015

From the Department of Water Resources Drought Page: “This week brings sorely needed and significant precipitation to California. But similar levels of rain and snow would have to fall consistently throughout this winter and spring for the state to begin to recover from extreme drought conditions. In preparation for a fourth year of drought, the directors of five federal and […]

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Early morning news flash … Request for Temporary Modification to San Joaquin River Flows during October

From the State Water Resources Control Board: “Please find attached a request from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to temporarily modify the San Joaquin River flow requirements during October pursuant to a Temporary Urgency Change Petition.  The Executive Director expects to act on this request in the near term.  For additional information concerning this matter, please see the State Water […]

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Reclamation releases draft EIS for Temperance Flat reservoir for public review

The Bureau of Reclamation has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation for a 45-day public review. The project proposes to build a 665-foot dam and 1.33 MAF reservoir at Temperance Flat on the San Joaquin River between Friant and Kerckhoff dams. “Releasing this draft for public comment today is a […]

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This just in … Court denies injunction to block releases of water for Klamath salmon

Judge O’Niell has denied the farmer’s motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction to block releases of water from Lewiston Dam to benefit Klamath River salmon: “The Court concludes that, even though Plaintiffs are likely to (and in all likelihood soon will) succeed on the merits of at least one of their claims against Reclamation in connection with […]

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This just in … Reclamation to Release Additional Water to Supplement Flows in the Lower Klamath River

From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation will release additional water from Trinity Reservoir to supplement flows in the lower Klamath River to help protect the returning run of adult Chinook salmon. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions on or near the river while flows are high during this period. “We have determined that unprecedented […]

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DWR & Reclamation write State Water Board, allege water being wrongly diverted from the South and Central Delta

The California Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation have written a letter to the Deputy Director of the State Water Resources Control Board Division of Water Rights, asking her to use her authorities to order south and central Delta diverters to provide supporting information for their asserted water rights, as well as how much water they have […]

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This just in … AquAlliance and CSPA file lawsuit against Reclamation over CVP transfers

From AquAlliance and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance: On 11 June 2014, AquAlliance and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) filed a lawsuit in federal District Court against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation USBR over its inadequate disclosure, avoidance of impacts, and mitigation of major water transfers from the Sacramento Valley through the Delta to the San Joaquin Valley. USBR […]

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Reclamation makes historic releases of water from Friant Dam to San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors

From the Bureau of Reclamation: Reclamation will begin increasing releases from Friant Dam near Fresno into the San Joaquin River on Thursday to help meet contractual obligations to deliver Central Valley Project water to the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. As a result of the current drought, there is […]

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